Aaron Rodgers seems to want Joe Philbin to remain the head coach

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers won’t be involved in the team’s search for a new coach. If Rodgers were, he’d apparently want the interim coach to get the job.

“We want to play for Joe [Philbin] and give him the best opportunity possible,” Rodgers said after Sunday’s overtime win against the Jets, via Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal. While that’s not quite a “hire this man” endorsement from Rodgers, it’s basically the same message.

Rodgers says the players want to play for Rodgers, and that they want to “give him the best opportunity possible” to get the permanent job. So Rodgers wants the powers-that-be to come to the same conclusion that he, and apparently other teammates, already have reached. Rodgers wants Philbin.

It’s no surprise. Football players are creatures of habit. Rodgers knows Philbin. Rodgers can work with Philbin. A stranger to the organization may do things differently. He may be a guy Rodgers can’t work with. A guy Rodgers ultimately may not like.

So he likes Philbin, and apparently that’s good enough for Rodgers. The question becomes whether it’s good enough for the people who will be making the decision, especially in light of Philbin’s past experience as a head coach, winning 24 of 52 games in three-plus seasons with the Dolphins. Now that Rodgers has made his preference clear, the question becomes whether the Packers would hire Philbin to placate Rodgers — or hire someone else to spite him.

88 responses to “Aaron Rodgers seems to want Joe Philbin to remain the head coach

  1. Bill Belichick didn’t exactly tear it up in Cleveland. He didn’t tear it up in New England either, until Tom Brady took over. Not a knock on Bill. He’s perhaps the greatest coach of all time. But even the GOAT doesn’t win anything without a great QB.

  2. Philbin might not be that bad,
    Mike McCarthy was a good coach he was just to conservative with Rodgers talents and his play calling got predictable the last few years! I feel if that Philbin would use Aaron and listen to Aaron and not be so conservative! I do not think we need a huge overhaul in coaching! I like the new Defensive coordinator that man can coach a defense! The BIG PROBLEM is Murphy and the GM, look at Green Bays roster and then look at other teams rosters! Green Bay needs a lot more play makers! The Jimmy and Joe’s will make good coaches out of just about anybody! GO SPEND SOME MONEY and get some talent here!

  3. The same Miami fans trashing Philbin, are advocating another year of Gase. Despite Philbin being the only HC during the Tannehill era to avg 21+ ppg. This despite he had a 19 game collegiate starter on opening day.

    But GB would be wise to go with someone who believes in a stout line on both sides of the ball. Philbin and Gase like light quick feet on their OLINE, and they get dominated on the reg.

  4. Don’t think its fair to say that hiring another coaching candidate would be to spite AR. The GM’s job is to decide who the best coach going forward should be.

    It would be in the worst interest in the organization if they hired Philbin just to placate Rodgers.

    GM has to look for a HC that can take them to championships and not babysit a QB

  5. That’s the entire organization and fans mantra “As long as Erin is happy it’s good enough for me!”
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    One would hope on this fine day that the trolls would give it a rest….spend time with friends and family, go look at lights, something. But nope, still talking Packers, 24/7/365.

    And the Erin thing…very clever.

  6. “Rodgers says the players want to play for Rodgers, and that they want to “give him the best opportunity possible” to get the permanent job”
    ///////////
    So Rodgers is the coach. We knew that.

  7. Philbin didn’t receive any respect from the Dolphins players for a reason. I would be okay with a Philbin hire. Rodgers has 3-4 years left anyway so go ahead and waste them with a Philbin hire. We will see how good Gute is soon.

  8. charliecharger says:
    December 25, 2018 at 5:16 pm
    Bill Belichick didn’t exactly tear it up in Cleveland. He didn’t tear it up in New England either, until Tom Brady took over..
    ———–
    He took the Browns to their last playoff win in 94 and started the 95 season even better until Modell pulled the rug. Pats were doing well when Bledsoe got injured, and Pats went 11-5 with Cassell as QB. But apart from that there’s little else to show how good Belichick is except his Giants D won 2 rings.

  9. the entire coaching staff needs to be replaced. the defense and ST are horrendous. They need an OC htat can develop a balanced offense instead of being 100% reliant on Rodgers.

  10. charliecharger says:
    December 25, 2018 at 5:16 pm
    Bill Belichick didn’t exactly tear it up in Cleveland. He didn’t tear it up in New England either, until Tom Brady took over. Not a knock on Bill. He’s perhaps the greatest coach of all time. But even the GOAT doesn’t win anything without a great QB.

    I don’t get this post. He HAS a great QB.

  11. Aaron Rodgers is entitled to voice his opinion. His opinion is actually valued and is based on first-hand knowledge and experience.

    Everyone’s opinion at this site isn’t worth a bucket of warm spit – mine included. Vikie troll’s opinions are worth even less than that.

    #1, firing McCarthy was a knee-jerk reaction and was wrong headed. I know this because posters here agreed with the move.

    #2, there isn’t a single NFL coordinator that jumps out as head and shoulders above the whole mess of ’em.

    No to Joe Philbin.

  12. “Rodgers says the players want to play for Rodgers, and that they want to “give him the best opportunity possible” to get the permanent job.”

    Did nobody else catch the Freudian slip there? Funny typo and may have been intentional, but… the truth is written between the lines. Philbin was there when Rodgers was at his best, even though he wasn’t calling plays. Rodgers wants to recapture his glory days, like all professional athletes, and he wants a coach he knows will stay out of the way.

  13. Quite the stretch from a very benign statement. What was he supposed to say? Just so you know, the Packers are not hiring Joe Philbin as their next head coach.

  14. Kaepernick is a Slimeball says:

    Aaron Rodgers fires coaches and Aaron Rodgers hires coaches

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    Yawn, nothing to see here. Joe Philbin will not be the Packers’ coach next year, no matter what Aaron Rodgers says he wants.

  15. I say Aaron Rodgers is justified to call the shots and sign that contract, given how the Packers have wasted his best years like they did.

  16. usdcoyotesfan says:
    December 25, 2018 at 6:46 pm
    I say Aaron Rodgers is justified to call the shots and sign that contract, given how the Packers have wasted his best years like they did.
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    So in other words Erin deserves all that money despite how he plays and it’s the Packers fault. WOW, I’m guessing your fellow cheeseheads love reading that…..

  17. If you really think the Packers are hiring Philbin as their head coach you are Packer foes hoping/wishing or just plain goofy. Rodgers should be expected to say just what he did. To think otherwise … see above.

  18. Rodgers is the gm. If he wants Philbin as the next head coach, then he’ll end up being the head coach. Packets will never win with Rogers and his cap killer contract. Did he forget that there’s 52 players on the team to divide the cap money. He wants over 25% of the cap while 51 players have to divide the rest. What a greedy pos. That’s not a team player, that’s a me first greedy diva. He don’t care about anyone on his team, or about winning as long as he gets paid what he wants. He shouldn’t be crying and whining when he has nobody to throw to and nobody to protect him on the oline and nobody on defense to stop opposing offenses. He has nobody to blame but himself. Stop throwing people under the bus in the pressers when you lose. Be a man and take responsibility for your teams struggles. Maybe if you learn to share , then you would have good teammates and a good team. Stop being a selfish me only greedy jerk. And learn to be a leader. Nobody likes him or respects him. Next year will be worse. Who’s he gonna blame then? Can’t keep blaming the coach or oc. It’s time to look into the mirror. That’s where the problem is. This team will never win until Rodgers gets cut or retires. A good rookie qb with leadership and the 33 million off the books can fix alot of problems on offense and defense and turn around the packers in one year and be ready for the playoffs. Nobody wants to play with Rodgers. The sooner you move on the sooner you can draft a franchise qb for the next 15 years and start winning championships.

  19. Philbin brings a different scheme than what McCarthy was doing there. Is he the right guy? I don’t know. Maybe. Philbin would be successful as the Packers head coach. I doubt they will hire him though. Who cares what he did in Miami. Different place, different time. I am sure he learned from it. I would like to see a coach who can do something with the defense as well as the offense. Someone with co mentions to staff that can change things up.

  20. codylaws says:
    December 25, 2018 at 6:01 pm
    All other 32 teams 100% approved

    There are 33 teams in the league? That is news to me

  21. Well difference between time with Fins and Packers, as the coach knows the Packers inside out then he did with Miami. And that we shall see if he is kept there. Seems like the board agrees on this one about. Whatever Aaron wants he gets!

  22. Hey Aaron,

    You’ll have plenty of time to pick your new coach during the off season that starts for you in a week.

    From this Bears fan to you just R-E-L-A-X during your time off 🙂

  23. Pretty smart talk from a fan of a team that hasn’t been to the playoffs for 8 years. Get to the conference finals and we’ll revisit the relax talk. Maybe being H-U-M-B-L-E would work for you better.

  24. bowenfootdoc2013 says:
    December 25, 2018 at 7:33 pm
    I didn’t read or hear the announcement that Arron was promoted to G.M.?
    ###

    That was in the fine print of Rodgers new deal making him the highest paid player, coach and GM in NFL history.

    He has full control of all hiring and firing decisions.

  25. When asked why these games matter, ONE of the things Aaron said: “We love Joe and want to play these games for Joe”

    They care about Joe as a person and think he deserves the full support of the players as he goes through this interim role.

    Florio is adding that this means he wants Joe to get the job for sure. Bit of a stretch and of course all the haters will say “Yup Joe will be hired because Aaron wants him” If Aaron ran the team Jordy Nelson would have never left. If Aaron ran the team, his QB coach wouldn’t have been let go….etc etc

    We will see how the Philbin will get the job thing works out for you haters.

    The Packers will hire the best coach for the Green Bay Packers long term. Joe is a candidate as Mark Murphy said, but is among many and I can tell you Joe has only a slight chance at getting the job.

    I do also love Joe. A finer man you will not meet. I would put his chances at being named head coach at .0001%

    Hope you all are enjoying the holiday season.

    #GoPackGo!🧀

  26. Green Bay needs a head coach for the team, not for Rodgers. They probably do need an OC that gels with him.

    Of course Rodgers doesn’t make the decisions over there. For example, if he did, Jordy Nelson would still be a Packer.

    It’s not uncommon for players to want to keep or unload a certain coach. Happens all of the time in sports.

    But conjecture and assumptions are way more fun, even when people don’t know the underpinnings or occurrences of the situation.

  27. This is a tough situation for Murphy.

    If he does what Rodgers wants, he has no control.
    If he does what he wants and Rodgers isn’t happy, you have a disgruntled $100 million dollar player.

    In the end, Murphy does what Rodgers wants.
    Philbin will be the next coach/yes man of the GB packers.

  28. Philbin seems to be a good guy and from my recliner seems to be making better use of the offensive players and groupings than McCarthy was this year. That said, there’s about a zero percent chance he gets hired. They wanted to get an early jump on sweet-talking someone outside the organization, or they would have waited until the season was over.
    Merry Christmas to… most.

  29. The Packers don’t require a major rebuild. Just some better talent, a happy Aaron Rodgers, and good team chemistry. Mike Pettine is doing a get job with off the street agents. Joe Philbin is a good coach, and deserves a shot.
    Ted Thompson’s last few drafts were disasters. Gutekunst’s free agent signings haven’t been fruitful. A new coach is still going to be lacking talent, and won’t do any better than Philbin.

  30. firejerry says:
    December 25, 2018 at 5:02 pm
    As a Bear fan…..Philbin works for me…….

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    Ditto from this Vikings fan, in fact the more decisions Rodgers make the better I say!

  31. I don’t think it’s fair to say “he likes Philbin and apparently that’s enough”. That’s quite a leap in logic.

    We don’t have ny idea if that’s the reason why Rodgers wants Philbin to stay. There very well could be other, more important, reasons why Rodgers wants him to stick around. Maybe he thinks he’s a good coach? And/or sees positive changes in the team? Maybe he thinks Philbin gives them the best chance to win for the next couple seasons (because there wouldn’t be as much transition time and learning all new systems, etc).

    Rodgers is a very competitive guy. There’s no reason to just assume he wants Philbin because he likes him.

  32. A lot of things went ideal for Green Bay to pull out the win over the Jets. But to suggest that the effort witnessed through most of the game equated to that of a team playing hard for a coach is absurd. Green Bay played a C level game against a bottom 5 team and the effort for 80% of the game wasn’t nearly that good. No, Rodgers was clearly wrong by stating “the players” as opposed to “some of the players”, but he doesn’t have to be right when the media is so desperate to react to anything he says, regardless of sincerity.

  33. The answer here seems pretty simple. Hire Vic Fangio as your new HC. The Packers were already interested in him as a DC. Vic will build a top 10 defense making life a lot easier for the GB offense. Removing Vic from Chicago will severely hinder the Bears defense. Keep Joe Philbin as the OC. Joe is not HC material but might accel as an OC for GB. That might be a winning combination.

    Signed,
    A Vikings Fan

  34. To all the people who wanna speak on Philbins stint in Miami if it was Philbin was has Miami been trash since he’s been gone still? Front office moves are the reason not philbin! Gase ain’t doing too much better

  35. They didn’t just meet three weeks ago. These men have an established working relationship. It would be very awkward if Rodgers had said anything else.

    And Rodgers wants to do his best to work with the current coach, so the best potential candidates will want to coach him next year.

  36. shlort says:
    December 25, 2018 at 6:55 pm
    Philbin brings a different scheme than what McCarthy was doing there. Is he the right guy? I don’t know. Maybe. Philbin would be successful as the Packers head coach. I doubt they will hire him though. Who cares what he did in Miami. Different place, different time. I am sure he learned from it. I would like to see a coach who can do something with the defense as well as the offense. Someone with co mentions to staff that can change things up.

    /////

    Watch the last two games. They run the exact same plays. Not sure where your getting Philbin runs a different scheme. It certainly isn’t on display.

  37. Ted Thompson’s last few drafts were disasters. Gutekunst’s free agent signings haven’t been fruitful. A new coach is still going to be lacking talent, and won’t do any better than Philbin.
    =====

    2016, Thompson got the 2 cornerstones of the defense (Clark and Martinez) and 2 role players (Lowry, Fackrell.. the latter may be alot more going forward)

    Free agency was Thompsons problem. As his roster eroded, he couldn’t afford to miss on draft picks, and as you said, he did. Then he didn’t backfill, even with cheap veterans.

    .. Philbin can’t be the answer. To any question.

  38. thefiesty1 says:
    December 25, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    He already failed in Miami. Don’t need strike two, three or four.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    ….. and Bill Bilichick failed in Cleveland.

  39. I think Rodgers would love to have Joe Philbin as head coach because Philbin probably defers to him, where as Mike McCarthy would not. That cost him his job. Just a thought…

  40. He already failed in Miami. Don’t need strike two, three or four.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    ….. and Bill Bilichick failed in Cleveland.
    =====

    Did he??

    Belichick w/Cleveland – 1991-1995;
    Playoff births – 1
    Playoff wins – 1

    Cleveland Browns – 1999-present;
    Playoff births – 1
    Playoff wins – 0

    .. the Browns haven’t made the Playoffs since realignment in 2002.

  41. When they lost to the Bears, Philbin lost his opportunity. He needed to win all four remaining games. It doesn’t matter how Rodgers feels about it or how trolls speculate about it. It’s no different than when important decisions were necessary and Favre expressed his preferences. Nobody. Nobody is bigger than the team.

  42. I’d be amazed if they retained Philbin as head coach. At any rate, happy holidays Pack fans — I’m sure your team will be back in the mix and a pain in all Vikings’ fans’ collective posteriors next year.

  43. Don’t even try to bring up that Philbin was the OC when the pack won the SB. He didn’t call the plays. Very Childress like, are you really the OC if you don’t call the plays? Naw I don’t think so either. Philbin’s sack is empty and inverted by the looks of him.

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